BRENTWOOD, England – Ford was UK market leader in May with increased sales and share. The Fiesta and Focus were the number one and two bestsellers in the month and for the year to date, while the Transit continued its reign as the best-selling commercial vehicle.
Official figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that total UK car sales in May, compared with May 2010, were down 1.7% to 150,431 units. Ford car sales of 21,581 were up from 21,300 in May 2010 and Ford's share of total car sales was 14.3% per cent, up from 13.9 per cent.
Ford's May retail market share of 11.5% was up from 10.8 per cent in May 2010. For the year to date Ford's share retail car sales was 12.8%, 1.0 percentage point better than the same period in 2010.
The Fiesta and the C-MAX had particularly strong sales performances in May, both increasing volume and share compared with May 2010. Fiesta sales increased from 6,619 to 8,135 for the month and Fiesta share was up from 4.3 to 5.4%. C-MAX sales more than doubled from 734 in May 2010 to 1,548 last month with share up from 0.5 to 1.0%.
Transit increased sales in May from 3,449 to 4,426 compared with May 2010, while for the year to date Transit sales were up from 17,075 to 24,525 and its medium CV share increased from 23.6 to 25.4%, compared with the same period in 2010. Total Ford CV sales increased in May from 4,796 to 5,514, compared with May 2010 and year to date have increased from 23,985 to 31,130, compared with the same period last year.
Nigel Sharp, Ford of Britain managing director, said: "Ford delivered sales increases across the board in May with car sales and commercial vehicle sales both up compared with May 2010. Achieving this result with the car market down from last year is a tribute to both the strength of our dealer network and our best-ever vehicle range."